Carlos Alcaraz Tennis Racket

After his recent win in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon 2023, Carlos Alcaraz is touted by many fans as becoming the next Rafael Nadal so it’s understandable that many fans want to know what racket he plays with on tour.

I have put together the below guide with the goal of helping fans to find out what racket he plays with, as well as what grip size, string, and tension he uses.

Carlos Alcaraz Tennis Racket

What Racket Does Carlos Alcaraz play with?

Babolat Pure Aero 98

At first glance, many fans think Alcaraz plays with the same racket that is endorsed by his compatriot Rafael Nadal i.e. the Babolat Pure Aero.

However, he actually plays with a modified version of the Babolat Pure Aero 98, which is more control focused than other frames in the Aero range.

Earlier in his career, he did use the regular aero but he made the switch to the VS as it better suited his game and playing style.

Racket Specs

The specs detailed below are for the retail version of the Pure Aero 98, but it is likely that his actual frame is customized somewhat.

Head Size:98 Inches
Length:27 inches
Strung Weight:323 grams (11.4 Ounces)
String Pattern:16 x 20
Balance:6 pts HL
Stiffness Rating:67
Beam Width:21mm / 23mm / 22mm
Swing Style Required:You need a long and fast swing
Power Level:Low powered
Recommended Level:Advanced player (not recommended for beginners)

What Carlos Alcaraz’s Grip Size?

Carlos uses a 4 and 1/4 grip size with an overgrip on his rackets which is the same grip size used by other pros like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

As mentioned in my article on Roger Federer’s RF97, just because pros like Carlos use a 4 and 1/4 grip size, that doesn’t mean it is right for you too.

It is important that you choose a grip size that suits you as using a grip size that is too big or too small can lead to injuries.

For help in choosing the correct grip size, check out this tennis grip sizes guide.

Does Carlos Alcaraz play with a Vibration Dampener?

No, Carlos does not currently play with a vibration dampener.

For a list of pro players that do use a vibration dampener, check out my article on which pros use dampeners.

How does he string his Racket?

Like his compatriot Rafael Nadal, Alcaraz uses Babolat RPM blast in the crosses and the mains.

In terms of string tension, the consensus online is that he strings his rackets at 53 lbs in the crosses and 55 lbs in the mains.

Should You buy the Babolat Pure Aero VS?

The Pure Aero 98 is best suited to more advanced players as it is a low powered with a relatively small sweet spot.

If you are an advanced player, who is looking for a racket that offers good spin potential and control, then the Pure Aero VS is a good option.

However, if are a beginner to intermediate player who is looking for a frame that looks and feels similar to Alcaraz’s racket then I think the regular Pure Aero is a much better option for the average recreational player.